Major Events and Top News Headlines of 15 January 2010:
- China’s population of Internet users, already the world’s largest, soared nearly 30 percent last year to 384 million as the number of people surfing the Web by mobile phone more than doubled, a research group reported on Friday.
- The world’s cheapest car, the Tata Group’s Nano that sells for $2,500 in India, may find its place in the U.S. garages at double the price when it is commercially launched here, but would still be lowest-priced car in America.
- As the shadow of the moon eclipsed the sun on Friday afternoon, leaving only a blazing ring of fire visible, scientists, eclipse chasers and spectators gathered in Rameshwaram cheered.
- The Railways will come up with its own commando unit for guarding important trains and major stations as part of its strategy to thwart any Naxal or terrorist attack.
- Amid concerns over sporadic incidents of violence and furious debate on the need for a switch over from the all powerful Executive Presidency to a model akin to India in the run up to the January 26 poll, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has promised to ‘reduce unnecessary powers’ of the Executive Presidency, born after the then President J.R. Jayawardene got the Parliament approve a new Constitution in 1978.